People across South Scotland are being urged to have their say on prospective rail plan changes.

ScotRail recently announced a raft of planned changes to the rail network across the south of Scotland, with many services either being cut or not going back to pre-pandemic levels.

The changes are set to be introduced next year but local MSP Colin Smyth is asking as many people as possible to take part in ScotRail’s consultation, which closes on October 1, 2021.

On the bulk of the Glasgow to Ayrshire routes, ScotRail is not planning to make any changes to the pandemic timetable which is currently operating.

On the Kilmarnock to Ayr and Stranraer service, ScotRail is proposing that the timetable will provide seven trains per day from Kilmarnock to Ayr, six trains per day from Ayr to Kilmarnock, a train every one or two hours between Ayr and Girvan, and five trains per day in each direction between Girvan and Stranraer.

The proposal for five trains is less than the eight that existed prior to the pandemic.

To have your say on the plans, go to before the deadline.